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Virginia SWANA Chapter 2010 Annual Solid Waste Conference Is Your Solid Waste Program Prepared for VELAP? Anthony W. Creech, P.G. Section Manager, Groundwater.

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1 Virginia SWANA Chapter 2010 Annual Solid Waste Conference Is Your Solid Waste Program Prepared for VELAP? Anthony W. Creech, P.G. Section Manager, Groundwater & Geology Resource International, Ltd.

2 VELAP Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program  Established in 1999 (Va. Code § )  Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services  Approved nationally on Nov. 16, 2009 (NELAC)  14 th program recognized nationally  Goes “online” January 1, 2012

3 MOU DCLS/DEQ Memorandum of Understanding  Executed September 9, 2009  from Jeff Steers to SWANA Board (2/26/2010) – “Beginning January 1, 2012, DEQ will REJECT (emphasis added) any sample results (such as groundwater monitoring) for such data submitted from a lab whose individual analytical methods fail to meet the subject certifications.”

4 IN OTHER WORDS… Your Solid Waste Program MUST use an accredited laboratory for all analyses beginning January 1, 2012.

5 ACCREDITATION… Minor bureaucratic aside  Certification applies to noncommercial laboratories  Accreditation applies to commercial laboratories

6 WHAT IS INVOLVED? A LOT, for labs  Deadline for submission of VELAP Application for commercial labs was July 1, 2009  Rigorous proficiency testing, inspections, QA/QC… What YOU need to realize:  Certification not given to lab per se  Applied for EACH matrix, method, and analyte  Commercial Labs must update ANNUALLY

7 OUT OF STATE LABS? LABORATORY STATUSPATH TO VELAP Out of State (Non NELAC)Applied as would a laboratory in Virginia Out of State NELACReciprocity Out of State NELAC from another state Reciprocity

8 OUT OF STATE LABS? LABORATORY STATUSPATH TO VELAP Out of State (Non NELAC)Applied as would a laboratory in Virginia Out of State NELACReciprocity Out of State NELAC from another state Reciprocity BUT! DCLS will NOT start processing applications via reciprocity until January 1, 2011

9 UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES? "Environmental analysis" or "environmental analyses" means any test, analysis, measurement, or monitoring used for the purposes of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law, the Virginia Waste Management Act or the State Water Control Law… For the purposes of these regulations, any test, analysis, measurement, or monitoring required pursuant to the regulations promulgated under these three laws, or by any permit or order issued under the authority of any of these laws or regulations is "used for the purposes" of these laws. PROMPTING THE QUESTION…

10 UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES? "Environmental analysis" or "environmental analyses" means any test, analysis, measurement, or monitoring used for the purposes of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law, the Virginia Waste Management Act or the State Water Control Law… For the purposes of these regulations, any test, analysis, measurement, or monitoring required pursuant to the regulations promulgated under these three laws, or by any permit or order issued under the authority of any of these laws or regulations is "used for the purposes" of these laws. DOES THIS INCLUDE GEOTECHNICAL AND/OR GEOSYNTHETICS?

11 GEOTECHNICAL/ GEOSYNTHETICS? After review, NOT under VELAP

12 YEAH, SO? Many Municipalities have July-June Fiscal Year  Does this mean your deadline is July 1 st, 2011? Contracts have multiple yearly extensions  Have you just awarded a contract with no written controls relative to VELAP?  Is it Ironclad?

13 SOME RECOMMENDATIONS For Existing Contracts  FIND OUT if the laboratory has achieved interim accreditation.  If not, FIND OUT if it has submitted the application  OR – if it is already NELAC accredited in another state and is on track to submit a reciprocity application

14 SOME RECOMMENDATIONS For Existing Contracts  FIND OUT if the laboratory has achieved interim accreditation.  If not, FIND OUT if it has submitted the application  OR – if it is already NELAC accredited in another state and is on track to submit a reciprocity application IF NONE OF THE ABOVE HAS HAPPENED, IT IS TIME TO RECONSIDER THE CONTINUED USE OF THAT LABORATORY’S SERVICES

15 SOME RECOMMENDATIONS Be diligent: MAKE SURE that it is pursuing accreditation for EVERY PARAMETER YOU TEST FOR  Table 5.1  Leachate  Storm Water  Air  Etc.

16 SOME RECOMMENDATIONS Be careful: Field tests are generally not included  pH  Specific Conductance  Methane* *but…

17 SOME RECOMMENDATIONS PLAN YOUR RFPs NOW  Consider a requirement that laboratories Have Interim Accreditation NOW, or Are on track for accreditation via reciprocity Otherwise provide documentation that they are on track for accreditation by January 1, 2012  Specify that VELAP Accreditation is required for ALL Parameters (list them in the RFP)  Specify that VELAP Accreditation must be maintained as condition for additional year awards  Specify that failure to maintain accreditation may be considered grounds for termination

18 SOME RECOMMENDATIONS PLAN YOUR RFPs NOW  Consider requirement for prequalification of multiple laboratories to ensure backup  For future RFPs (i.e., after January 2012) specify that maintenance of VELAP accreditation for all matrices, methods, and analytes is a requirement to provide laboratory services

19 SOME RECOMMENDATIONS LANDFILL OPERATIONAL CHANGES  Familiarize yourself with the laboratory’s accreditation history and schedule of renewal  Require labs to submit accreditation documentation  Require labs to submit prompt notification of failure to maintain accreditation

20 HOW WILL I KNOW? Under VELAP, every Certificate of Analysis (COA) is to be issued with an accompanying “Scope of Certification” or “Scope of Accreditation” which must list the specific matrix, method, and analyte combinations for which the certification/ accreditation has been granted. DCLS recommends that laboratory users never accept a COA without the accompanying scope documenting certification/accreditation.

21 CONCLUSIONS EVERYBODY BENEFITS The Penalty is Clear – Non VELAP data will be rejected beginning January 1, 2012 The time to prepare is RIGHT NOW


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